Cleveland Print Room Founder in Scene

April 23, 2014



The Cleveland Print Room is open to photographers and artists of all stripes. The photography cooperative, opened and run by Shari Wilkins, features classes for budding photogs and wall space for inspiring exhibitions. Wilkins’ goal is to get the place buzzing alongside the rest of Cleveland’s burgeoning arts scene. We recently walked around the place — darkroom and all — and talked about the resurging art of analog photography.

This place looks really great. How did all of this get started?

SW: We opened our doors last January, but I started working on it two years ago…

…Read the entire interview in Cleveland Scene online

SPACES Moving to Hingetown

April 22, 2014


A burgeoning cultural node in Ohio City on Cleveland’s near West Side could soon get a serious boost if the nonprofit art gallery Spaces can raise enough cash to move into the neighborhood.

After months of quiet negotiations, Spaces is close to signing a lease with developer Michael Chesler, owner of the 14,000-square-foot brick industrial building at the southeast corner of West 29th Street and Detroit Avenue.

Moving into the area, dubbed Hingetown by local developers Graham Veysey and Marika Shioiri-Clark, would bring Spaces cheek by jowl with the new Transformer Station gallery, and with Veysey and Shioiri Clark’s Ohio City Firehouse and Striebinger Building.

Read more about the potential move and view a slideshow at

Portable and Affordable Large Format Camera

April 16, 2014



Did you catch the 4″x5″ bug this semester, but not sure how to continue your large format work after school? Never fear. Wanderlust has developed an affordable – and charming – solution: The Travelwide System. You can preorder your camera now for just $149 + shipping. It comes with a pinhole, and you’d have to purchase a 90mm lens and film holders. But… dang… this is pretty cool. Even the website is cool. Visit Cool.


April 14, 2014




Tuition free CSU/CIA Post-baccalaureate program

If you have graduated within the last two years, or if you are graduating in Spring Semester 2014, you are eligible to apply to the new CSU/CIA Post-baccalaureate program! Five recent graduates in Studio Art from Cleveland State University will be chosen. The students who are chosen will receive one-year scholarships to further their studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art, tuition free.

Application procedure:

Application package requires 12 digital images, a list of works, a personal statement outlining artistic and personal goals, and a resume. Please put all files in one folder, send compressed folder file through or other online delivery service to 

All images must be submitted in JPG format.

Image minimum size 1000 x 1000 pixels, maximum 3000 x 3000 pixels. Label each images file with a number. (01-12)_your last name_first initial.jpg. For example: 1_smith_B.jpg

Submission Deadline: April 13, 2014 at midnight.

Please be aware that students enrolled in this program will have their tuition charges waived, but will be responsible for payment of all required fees, including but not limited to materials, student activity fee, lab fee, and parking. You are also required to carry health insurance, either your own coverage or purchased through CIA.

Questions? Contact Prof Qian Li:

Student Shows in CSU Tumblr

April 10, 2014


Homegrown talent is proudly on display in two new exhibitions at the Galleries at CSU.

“Merit Exhibitions,” in the North Gallery, showcases works by recipients of Cleveland State Art Department Merit Scholarships. Among the artists featured are Dunya AbrahimYiyun ChenBenji DiazMatt KapelaJeremy KurthBen RodriguezOmid Tavakoli and Candice Vlcek.

The “43rd Student Show,” in the Center and South Galleries, features more than 50 works by nearly 40 CSU students, including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video and ceramics.

The exhibits are on view from Thursday, March 27, through Saturday, May 3. A closing reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25.

Wade Gagich in The Cauldron Newspaper

April 8, 2014
Best of show

Here it is again. Wade Gagich’s Best of Show, Tongue & Nails.


Not many people can walk into their local Walmart, purchase a $22 raw cow’s tongue and become inspired to create award-winning art.

Wade Gagich, a junior Photography major at Cleveland State University, is the kind of person who can…

Read the article in CSU’s The Cauldron Newspaper.

Visiting Artist Chin-pao Chen

April 4, 2014
Chin-pao Chen lecturing to CSU photo students.

Chin-pao Chen lecturing to CSU photo students.

We were fortunate to have Visiting Artist Chen-pao Chen visit CSU photo this week.

Chen talking about the student exhibitions currently on view at The Galleries at CSU.

Chen talking about the student exhibitions currently on view at The Galleries at CSU.

Chen is a photographic artist based in Taiwan. He is in town on a Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion residency. He is doing his residency at the Cleveland Print Room. You can see his work on his website:

CSU photo, Chin-pao Chen and Donald Black at The Galleries at CSU.

CSU photo, Chin-pao Chen and Donald Black at The Galleries at CSU. (Click for larger image)

Here we all are. As an added bonus, friend of CSU photo Donald Black Jr. also came along and provided feedback on student work as well. That’s him just to the right of Chin. Donald visited earlier this semester.

Case Reserve Review Submissions

April 1, 2014
Picture 4

CSU photo’s Ryan Upp on the cover of a past issue of CRR.

Deadline April 5.

In the past CSU photo students have done well with this opportunity. Submit now! It’s free!

Click here for submission guidelines.

Why Cleveland, Ohio is Making Headlines

March 30, 2014


Forbes recently included Cleveland among the 15 U.S. cities with emerging downtowns. The New York Post said, “Cleveland is seeing a revival.” Fortune Magazine went so far as to call Cleveland a “new Brooklyn,” comparing three of our trendiest neighborhoods to Williamsburg…

…Cleveland State created an Arts Campus in PlayhouseSquare, bringing together our theatre, dance, and art departments in a central hub. Students pursuing their passion for the arts have an unprecedented opportunity to do so alongside seasoned professionals at the Allen Theatre, which boasts three state-of-the-art performance venues.

Check out Why Cleveland, Ohio is Making Headlines by CSU President Berkman in the Huffington Post College Blog.

CSU Photo @ the Student Exhibition

March 27, 2014
Best of show

Wade Gagich’s photographic work, Tongue and Nails won Best of Show.


Wade Gagich cleans up. He also won Best of Photography.

Wade Gagich cleaned up. He also won Best of Photography.

Congratulations to Wade and everyone who submitted or exhibited their photo work at the Annual Student Art Show or the Merit Scholar Exhibition. Photo represented. Lots of photo work was included, and lots of it sold. A major Cleveland art collector, as well as President Berkman purchased several pieces. Check out the slide show of photo students with their work at the opening reception (click on a thumbnail, use arrow keys to advance):

Complete list of award winners:

Best of Show –  Wade Gagich,  Tongue & Nails
Best of 3D –  Elise Kurth, Henrietta
Best of Drawing – Stephanie Boyle, Extreme Ways
Best of Painting  –  Danielle Miller, White Lies
Best of Print –  Bethany Kazmir, Female Anatomy
Best of Photo –  Wade Gagich, Mona Lucy
Best of Project 60 – Jeanetta Ho, Desolata

Honorable Mentions:

3D –  Bobby Allen, Reliquary for L’albatros
Drawing – Danielle Miller, Shattered
Painting  – Benji Diaz, Eating Our Continuity
Print –  Dunya Abrahim,  Lost Adolescence
Photo –  Matt Wolosz, #1 and #2
Project 60 – Jim Triner, Out of the Blue Inspiration


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